Equestrian Job Opportunities

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Posted on 12/1/15

Great Parks of Hamilton County

Full-Time Riding Instructor

Great Parks of Hamilton County is accepting applications for a Full-Time Riding Instructor located at The Winton Woods Riding Center in Winton Woods. Position requires instruction in horseback riding lessons to riding center guests. Position requires a demonstrable skill in multiple disciplines and knowledge of equine management. Standard practice allows employees to proceed alone on regular duties with questionable situations referred to supervisor or others.  Work results are checked through administrative processes.
Responsibilities include: Riding instruction of multiple disciplines- including a variety of English and Western styles to riding center customers, which include special needs populations, children and adults of beginner to advanced skill. This individual is responsible for teaching and performing management approved equine care and maintenance, ground handling, mounting and dismounting, riding techniques and other safety procedures.

Works in coordination with management to develop and execute training of Great Parks staff, including riding center seasonal employees & volunteers and Parky’s Farm staff.

Coordinates and works with staff to plan and execute training schedule for 40 horse herd at the riding center and for Parky’s Farm ponies & equine minis.

Assists in keeping the riding center facilities and equipment maintained in approved condition. Fits, maintains and repairs tack as requested by management.

Answers questions and provides information to assist visitors and students to enjoy riding facilities in a safe manner.

Feeds, waters, grooms and performs other tasks to assist in care of horses.

Utilizes POS system and online reservation system, to maintain calendar of events and reporting.

Qualifications include: An appropriate combination of education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  An example of an acceptable qualification is: At least 18 years old and completion of high school education, with course work/experience in equine management and demonstrable skill in riding multiple disciplines. At least one year of experience teaching formal riding lessons is preferred.

Benefits include: Paid salary, contributory medical and dental insurance, paid vacation, holidays and sick time, membership in Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and free or discounted use of Great Parks recreational activities. Please apply online at www.greatparks.org, deadline to apply is December 21, 2015.


Posted on 11/11/15

WeHaKee Camp for Gi​rls
Summer Camp Program
We have opportunities for a Horseback Riding Director and Camp Counselor/Horseback Riding Instructor.
Horseback Riding Director:
1. Plan, direct and supervise a safe and fun horseback riding program
2. Train and supervise horseback riding staff
3. Manage 15 horses, supervise physical facilities (barn and riding rings) and equipment in the horseback riding program area
Camp Counselor/Horseback Riding Instructor
1.Work with a co-counselor to direct the program for 8 campers
2.Teach in the horseback riding program and perform barn chores
3.Teach in other activity areas at camp
Camp WeHakee has girls who come to camp for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. Many of our girls are enrolled in our horseback-riding program. We need staff that can work effectively with girls and provide a safe and skill-based equestrian program. All of our staff participate in other activities at the camp. Activities at WeHaKee include tennis, swimming, sailing, canoeing, dance, theater, outdoor camping and much more!
Apply Online or contact us at 800-582-2267 or info@wehakeecampforgirls.com.


Posted on 11/6/15

Falling Creek Camp

Horseback Riding Staff

We are located just outside of Asheville, NC and are searching for talented individuals who are excited and driven to teach and inspire others their love of horseback riding.  Falling Creek is a traditional summer camp community with purpose, united by a shared code of values and common goals.

Horseback riding staff at Falling Creek Camp provide a fun and safe environment for campers to learn about and care for horses and barn equipment; as well as master the art of riding (English) a horse!  With many horses (20+) of all different personalities, there is a horse for every camper – beginners to experts. Time is split between formal lessons in the riding rings and excursion rides along the trails in camp.

Qualified candidates must be at least 19 years of age or entering their second (sophomore) year of college. Prior experience in organized horseback riding, teaching lessons and barn management is desired.  Certified Riding Instructors preferred.  The ideal candidate must be friendly, have a strong work ethic, self-starter, flexible, be a problem-solver and a team player.

To apply for this great opportunity, please apply online at our website and a member of our leadership team will be in touch to discuss opportunities available for the summer.


Posted on 11/6/15

YMCA Camp Ernst

Ranch Counselors & Internship

We are in the process of revitalizing our “Ranch Camp” and are looking for energetic and enthusiastic summer staff to join our team for summer 2016.  Our ranch counselors assist not only in the day to day care of our 30+ herd, but will also be responsible for teaching beginner to intermediate western riding lessons, leading trail rides through our scenic landscape and fostering a safe but fun environment for our campers.  Ranch counselors live on site in rustic cabins with all meals and housing included and receive a stipend pay ranging from $2,200 to $2,750 a summer depending on age, experience and positions held. It is a great opportunity for students wanting to make a positive impact on today’s youth and enjoy a summer of fun!
We also host an Equine Facilities Management Internship over the summer allowing those with interest, the ability to gain working experience in the equine field. Interns will not only assist with teaching classes and running of the ranch programs but will also be assisting with budgeting, marketing, program development, and much more.  It is a great opportunity for students that want to explore careers that encompass both horses and children.

Application Process:
-3 letters of recommendation
-1-2 page essay: How does this internship fulfill your future goals?
-3-5 minute long video of you riding, any discipline, do not need to see show quality riding, we want to see a balanced seat and quite hands through all 3 gaits.  (DVD, or link on youtube, etc..)
               o   Also in video “teach” us something, ie. Teach how to groom, bridle, saddle, etc…. just as you would to a child here at camp.
-Must be submitted by February 1st   and a decision will be made no later than March 4th .

All Applications must be postmarked or emailed by February  1st . Please send all applications to

Natalie Hamilton
Ranch Program Director
7615 Camp Ernst Rd. 
Burlington, KY 41005


Posted on 11/2/15



FarmVet is seeking 1-2 marketing Interns for 8-12 weeks for Summer 2016 in Franklin, TN. Interns receive educational credit at their institutions discretion and $10.00/hour. They are allowed a max of 38-40 hours per week. They may also receive mileage reimbursement for errands they are asked to run. If they are given the opportunity for any summer travel, housing and per diem for meals is provided. Depending on their role, they may also have access to a laptop or tablet. Housing in Franklin, TN is not provided.

Interested students may apply online by clicking here.


Posted on 10/22/15

Kristy Oatley

Show Groom

Australian Olympic team rider Kristy Oatley is looking for an experienced show groom who can assist her in the caretaking of her competition horses and youngsters at shows and at home.

The candidate has to be a competition groom with clear experience in the caretaking of international high performance horses as well as in handling stallions. The person needs to be engaged, willing to work and have a love and passion for horses.

The groom will be in charge of the care of 6 to 7 horses, shared with two to three people.

Duties include grooming, braiding, tacking up, small barn maintenance duties as well as preparing the lorry to go to national and international competitions. Some lunging could be involved as well as hand-walking or occasional hacking of the horses.

The groom will also travel with the horses back and forth from the home base in Hamburg, Germany, to The Netherlands, where Kristy trains.

A work weeks is 6 days and accommodation will be provided. S/he can bring a horse and/or dog.

Please send your resume to Kristy Oatley at kristyoatley@googlemail.com


Posted on 10/20/15

YMCA Camp Piomingo

Equestrian Staff

Interested in a job with horses? Spend the summer at YMCA Camp Piomingo! Gain skills in barn management, teaching horsemanship, riding lessons, and give kids the opportunity to learn how awesome horses can be!

If you are high energy, hard working, and want to share your love of horses with kids, Piomingo is the place for you.

Interested? Please contact Piomingo’s Equestrian Program Director, Kara Grupe, at kgrupe@ymcacamppiomingo.org


Posted on 10/16/15

Phelps Media Group


Are you ready to experience world-class dressage and give your resume a boost? Phelps Media Group (PMG), based in Wellington, Florida, the nation's leader in equestrian marketing, press and public relations, is currently seeking a dressage intern for the 2016 winter competition season.
An internship with PMG is available from January through early April. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about public relations and client management by working with PMG account executives. They will be responsible for photographing and writing articles about the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and other competitions and clinics for our news website, PSdressage.com.
Candidates should have an equestrian background with majors in public relations, marketing, journalism or a related field. Applicants should have strong writing skills and some knowledge of dressage competition. Experience in photography and/or graphic design is helpful but not required.
Interns receive a stipend and must be able to provide their own housing and transportation. PMG will assist with anything required for academic credit.
To apply, please e-mail a resume, two writing samples, and photographic samples to Mary Adelaide Brakenridge at mab@phelpsmediagroup.com. Hunter/jumper and polo internships are also available; please contact Rebecca Walton at rjw@phelpsmediagroup.com for more information.


Posted on 10/5/15

Meadowbrook Stables

Full Time Instructor

Meadowbrook Stables is currently looking for a full time instructor. We have a hunt seat equitation based lesson program with over 250 students! Instruction is horsemanship based with a focus on showing. Applicants must have experience teaching beginner through intermediate jumping lessons and driving a horse trailer. Riding and show experience is a plus. Duties include: teaching group lessons, private lessons, going to shows, helping with a competitive IEA team and schooling lesson horses. Hours and wages are dependent upon experience. Meadowbrook is a Non- Profit organization and has special programs for at-risk youth. All employees earn paid time off and there is a potential for benefits. Please send resumes to office@meadowbrookstables.org.


Posted on 10/1/15

Bradford Woods

Barn Staff

Bradford Woods is Indiana University's Outdoor Center (housed within the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Department) and supported by the Riley Children’s Foundation and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Bradford Woods operates 10 weeks of summer camp for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses including campers with cancer, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, cranial facial anomalies, hearing loss, autism, various physical disabilities, muscular dystrophy, rare genetic disorders, and Down syndrome.
We hire a staff of 80+ individuals and are currently recruiting for the summer of 2016. Bradford Woods has proven to be an excellent opportunity for students in the field of Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, Pre-Med, Nursing, Allied Health, Speech Therapy, Outdoor Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Riding and other Equine Related Fields, as well as many other areas of study. Bradford Woods has also served as an internship and practicum site for many students.
Bradford Woods partners with Agape Therapeutic Riding Center, where PATH International instructors provide a therapeutic riding experience for our campers.  Agape includes an eight stall horse barn, pastures, outdoor arena, and trails within Bradford Woods’ 2500 acres. Each summer we hire barn specific program staff to facilitate un-mounted activities and assist with mounted activities. Staff assists with training and care of six to eight horses. This position works closely with both Agape and the summer camp leadership team to provide the best experience possible for both campers and staff.

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call Lisa Elder at lrelder@indiana.edu or 765-342-2915 ext. 5213.